France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Baby One More Time (1999) Era

Barely 17, Britney Spears stormed into the summit of charts all around the world with her debut single Baby One More Time. During the various previous studies, we noticed the large majority of American acts needed multiple albums before even entering the France Album Chart. Britney Spears story was completely different as she was one of the acts in music industry history that was a superstar from day 1.

The single debuted at a very high #6 position and climbed all the way to the top spot during the following month, lasting two weeks at #1 and 17 weeks Top 10.

With the single dominating in April 1999, the album was launched too hitting #20. From that point the promotion kept going very well with one new hit every four months, each sustaining the album well. Second single Sometimes went #13 in August, sending the album to a new peak of #19 after dropping at #55 on its lower point. Third single was (You Drive Me) Crazy, a huge five weeks #2 smash during 1999 Christmas season. This success pushed the album from #38 to #4, a new peak reached on the very last week of the year. This hit right on time for the busiest period of the year exploded sales of the album. On 150,000 units prior this single, a few weeks later by the end of the year the set was up to 350,000 copies and still selling well in January. As it was happening for nine months, when the album started to go down a bit a new single took over, this time Born To Make You Happy. This #9 hit gave Baby One More Time album a last ride into the Top 10 in March 2000, almost one year after its release.

A mere one month after this record last stood into the Top 10, Britney Spears moved to her next album. Still, Baby One More Time was Top 75 by  July, dropping out only because of the short Album Chart. In total, the album sold over 220,000 units in 2000, a to date tally of 550,000 copies. In 2001, when the ranking was extended from a Top 75 to a Top 150, it appeared the album was always selling as it charted in January, but for now let’s move on to the next era.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Baby One More Time – 56,099,000
  2. Sometimes – 9,992,000
  3. (You Drive Me) Crazy – 8,274,000

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Its a pretty disappointing figure for some of her standard. Guess she wasnt really that big in France, and Europe as a whole.


Well first of all, this article is outdated. Her CSPC analysis has updated sales for her albums in France. They look like this now: 1999 Baby One More Time – 720,000 2000 Oops!… I Did It Again – 510,000 2001 Britney – 415,000 2003 In The Zone – 280,000 2007 Blackout – 95,000 2008 Circus – 190,000 2011 Femme Fatale – 90,000 2013 Britney Jean – 30,000 She’s the biggest female of her generation in France. Not just there, in most of Europe actually. Her numbers are very good, I don’t see what’s disappointing about them. They’re slightly less impressive… Read more »


Even in the UK her album sales are still very good. She’s among the Top 20 best-selling female artists ever in terms of album sales.


Can’t be that disappointing when she has outsold all her main female peers there, and by a large margin…

1. Britney Spears – 2,675,000
2. P!nk – 1,605,000
3. Alicia Keys – 1,420,000
4. Jennifer Lopez – 1,085,000
5. Avril Lavigne – 850,000
6. Destiny’s Child – 820,000
7. Beyoncé – 755,000
8. Christina Aguilera – 400,000

She’s also outsold Shakira (around 2.2 million album sales), and obviously the likes of Taylor Swift (who has yet to outsell Glory with her new album), Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc.


Oh. Of course she is the best selling female artists, among all of her competitors during her time. But I was expecting she would pull a big huge number like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston did in Europe (Never expected her to be as big as Celine and Madonna though in Europe). It was quite disappointing to me that it wasn’t even close to Mariah, because I always thought that she was crazy2 big in Europe. But then again. Like what you guys said. Among her closest female competitors, she was the top dawg. And I bet she barely lose… Read more »


Hi! Great job! That’s a great total. However I have a little question.

According to this “Britney” sold 196,000 2001: 196,000 and 209,000 in 2002, making a total of 405,000. Which one is more accurate?

Either way, thanks a lot for doing this! I’m surprised The Singles Collection sold that much.